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July 25, 2013

Red Sox's Quattlebaum credits Andover upbringing for success as baseball scout

Red Sox's Quattlebaum credits Andover for success as scout

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Finally, in 2006, he was hired by current Sox GM Ben Cherington, winning his second World Series ring in 2007. He accepted his current job in 2010.

“It means everything to be back in Boston,” he said. “With it, there is added pressure when things are going wrong, like the last couple of seasons. But the organization is great, the scouts I work with are great. When you can see a Brandon Workman or Jackie Bradley Jr. make it big, it is great.

“The coolest thing is going to the back fields at Fort Myers and seeing all the young players playing. They aren’t our children, but we treat them like they are.”

Quattlebaum, who has three daughters, currently helps oversee the Red Sox scouting and development. And he said he couldn’t do it without Andover.

“My passion for the game started in Andover with dedicated coaches like coach Iarrobino,” he said. “I’m a little embarrassed to admit it’s been so long since I’ve been at this school that I didn’t know there was a new field (Peter Aumais Park). But I really am thankful for what everyone in Andover did for me.”

Baseball brother

Gus isn’t the only member of the Quattlebaum family who made a name for himself in baseball.

His brother, Hugh Quattlebaum, was a star at Phillips and Amherst College before being selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 25th round of the 2000 MLB Draft. He played four years in the minors, reaching triple-A.

“Hugh is living out on the West Coast now,” Gus Quattlebaum said. “He is coaching youth and travel ball, does some writing and works on commercials. He is about to have his first kid, so his life will be changing a lot.”

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